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Hiking Trail Conditions Report
Peaks
Peaks Mt. Isolation, NH
Trails
Trails: Rocky Branch Trail, Engine Hill Bushwhack, Isolation Trail, Tent Site Bushwhack, Davis Path
Date of Hike
Date of Hike: Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Parking/Access Road Notes
Parking/Access Road Notes:  
Surface Conditions
Surface Conditions: Snow - Packed Powder/Loose Granular, Snow - Unpacked Powder, Snow - Wet/Sticky 
Recommended Equipment
Recommended Equipment: Snowshoes, Light Traction 
Water Crossing Notes
Water Crossing Notes: 5th crossing on Isolation Trail still has a decent snow bridge. 
Trail Maintenance Notes
Trail Maintenance Notes:  
Dog-Related Notes
Dog-Related Notes:  
Bugs
Bugs:  
Lost and Found
Lost and Found:  
 
Comments
Comments: Nice day for Isolation and conditions were pretty good. Overnight snow left only 2-3" of new snow to manage but we were still able to easily find the route. Engine Hill bushwhack is nicely done through the birch glades and dropping out onto the Isolation Trail close to the little bushwhack to avoid crossings 3 and 4. I've always come out further away from that point, so it was a nice surprise to get to the 5th crossing quickly. Small bushwhack near camp site area dumped us out right on the Davis Path, and from there it was pretty quick work to the summit of Isolation. Warmer temps meant sticky snow and balling no matter what traction we wore. We gave up on the spikes half way to the Engine Hill Bushwhack, and wore snowshoes from there to the summit and back. By that point, we'd had enough of the balling on the snowshoes, so they got a free ride the rest of the hike.

A mix of sun, blue skies, clouds and even a little snow made for a great hike out to Isolation - thanks Claudette!  
Name
Name: SBanks 
E-Mail
E-Mail: summersetbanks@gmail.com 
Date Submitted
Date Submitted: 2018-04-12 
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